Indefinite Leave to Remain UK (ILR)
Permanent Residence in the UK is called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Indefinite Leave to Remain is granted to people who have already shown a commitment to the UK on a temporary visa and have met the qualifying periods.
You may be able to qualify for indefinite leave to remain on certain immigration categories and if you wish to check whether you meet the requirements, click here to complete our visa assessment form or call us on 0207 237 3388.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is the ultimate goal for many people who wish to live and work in the UK. It will only be granted if you have been living in the UK for a specific length of time, which is determined by your previous visa category.
To qualify for this status, you cannot leave the UK for more than a specified number of days or commit any offence within the country. Once you have attained Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you can easily travel to and from the UK with minimal restriction.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) allows you to also sponsor relatives to join you in the UK. It is considered one of the best routes to UK Nationality if you do not have a direct claim to Citizenship through your ancestry.
The process of applying for indefinite leave to remain
The processing times and requirements for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) vary greatly depending on the visa class that an applicant is currently on. It may also mean, you can qualify for indefinite leave to remain by combining your immigration categories. This does not mean, you will always have to complete the 10 years period to qualify for indefinite leave to remain.
The visa class and what counts towards indefinite leave to remain
There are strict requirements surrounding how applicants qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR)depending on what visa they have been on first, and for how long. Visa holders should see the length of time required before they can apply for indefinite leave to remain on the ILR requirements page.
You may wish to consider applying if you:
Are married and your five years Marriage Visa is coming to an end.
Are nearing the end of a five-year Ancestry Visa.
Have legally spent 10 years in the UK.
Have spent 20 years in the UK.
Have spent five continuous years in the UK as an investor.
Have spent five continuous years in the UK as a writer, composer, or artist.
Have spent five continuous years in the UK as a retired person of independent means.
The term “indefinite” is used because the status is not permanent.
You can lose your indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status if you are absent from the UK for more than two years or if you cease to be a habitual resident in the UK. You should read more information on how you would be able to secure your indefinite leave to remain if you have been absent from the UK more than 2 years, click here to read more information on how to re-apply for your indefinite leave to remain.
How to meet the language requirements and what is required for indefinite leave to remain application
Applicants applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) must have sufficient knowledge of the English language and sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom. More details can be found on this page, click here. Applicants who are under the age of 18 or over the age 65 at the time of application are exempt from this requirement.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and the length of time you must spend in the UK before you are eligible for permanent residence in the UK
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Call ICS Legal on 0207 237 3388 to discuss your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application.